New times, new beginnings and birthday resolutions!

The birthday month is here! Quick, someone pop a tube of confetti or something, because in 3 weeks time, I will be the vibrant age of 23!

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That means, I can’t sing Taylor Swift’s 22 anymore…
But I can make my own song about what 23 is going to be all about.
Which is NEW and GOOD CHANGE.
I know, I know, it’s been close to a year since I decided to start this blog, all to show what the transition into adulthood and work life (and responsibilities) is going to be about. I have been anything but regular. But instead of justifying why it was so, I am going to list a series of things that I intend on changing this time around. And what better month to start it than June!

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• Post regularly. And by that I mean a set time of the week. I was thinking every Tuesdays and Fridays to start with, because they are my favorite days of the week. I like Saturdays too but I know the weekend schedule will get to me at one point, so T.A.F it is!
• So my vacation lasted a little longer than I thought it would, and as a result, I have gained a little too much weight than I thought I would. Also working for about a year has resulted in a bit of lethargy which I absolutely dislike! So I did a bit of research and I am not looking at a few interesting classes to join to help me be a bit more active.
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• Write more! It’s a MUST. An absolute must! And be more honest about it. No more, of god I need to write something so let’s doodle in some… No! Good, regular writing should help me sharpen my skills which have been dormant for quite a white.
• Organize myself. My thoughts, goals, achievements and the things I want to currently do and put more of an effort in fulfilling them. Because 23 is going to be the age of clarity. You figure yourself out, what you want to do and who you want to become and I want all of that to be nothing but the best of what I can be!

Sighs. This isn’t going to be easy, but I am sure that what’s going to come at the end of it all would be nothing short of pure brilliance. But onward year of clarity! And no turning back!

 

*wheeee*

Gasp! I’m a working woman now

And here we go. Probably another reason to my irregular posts (which I need to stop apologizing for :/) is this clear distinction I made of myself and who I was, when I started working to who I am now.

Here is an article I wrote recently which really made me think about how I have manage to hold a steady grip of who I am in this crazy world of careers and work. The audience for this piece, primarily college students who need a small introductory picture to what we think working is going to feel like, as to what it is, actually.

Today feels like one of those reflecting I-don’t-feel-like-working, and sit by myself in a coffee shop and write type of days. Sighs.

Let me know what you think!

The work life: Expectations vs. Reality

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As the seniors approach graduation day, and as the juniors move on to their next year, all of us at one point have thought about the biggest step we can take in adulthood.

Getting a job.

I know what you must be thinking. We should simmer down and get serious about our future. We should bid goodbye to the freedom and frolic college used to give us, and now narrow ourselves into this big, (maybe) bad world of careers and positions, pay packages and  incentives, we should tone down this vibrant dressed college student into a grey suited corporate individual and act more stringent about what we would consider, work life attitude.

Woah. Let me stop you right there.

Hi. I work in an advertising agency, and I’m not going to lie, but it’s anything but boring.

I listen to EDM music, sip on green tea, eat a lot of chocolate, twirl around in my chair and oh, I occasionally work too.

I write ads, think of visual concepts, pitch a few marketing strategies and recently took a swing at digital media campaigning.

Sounds like a pretty picture? It’s not.

Reality is, it does have its downfalls; the timings, the monetary scale, the creativity blocks, the ego clashes, insecurity of your skills, and the feeling that your little bud of an idea will never work, why pitch it?

You find days where nothing works out, you have no reason to be here, you think your entire career move in this company will be for nothing, you don’t belong, this isn’t you… resignation is just a step away…

And you don’t know what to do.

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Honestly, all jobs are going to make you feel this way at one point. They are going to seep out this cheery college student persona and your surroundings will force you to become this glum individual who churns out mediocre results just like everyone else, with enough force.

Even with a job as creatively demanding as mine, there will be days when you feel like your career doesn’t make sense right now and graduating college did not prepare you for this life of monotony and silent despair.

To that I say, put your foot down, and tell it to STOP. And, Chill. Out.

Who said getting a job means chaining yourself to a desk, working hour after hour, day after day, going home to find some quiet time, rinse and repeat?

Who said working means that you would have to lock away your most lively you and carve out this mechanical being that would answer to a boss and consider coffee a staple diet?

No. Not when you find yourself in a job that suites you so well, it doesn’t feel like a job, but second nature. Or, what you make of the job given to you, and how you furnish yourself to make that career choice a meaningful one, a better one, and most importantly, a fulfilling one.

Keep on doing what you do and don’t ever stop; read, listen to music, wear colorful shirts, watch movies, play video games, socialize, make new friends, watch endless you tube videos, eat, and do everything that makes you a happy, radiant individual, with this zest for more than a work life.

You want to live life.

And enjoy the benefits of work, the excess allowance, the recognition, the smiles, the learning, the feeling of being young and energetic with dreams and aspirations that have no limits…

It’s up to you to mold what you have into the best experience for yourselves as no one else can do that for you. Don’t let the monotony of it all get anywhere close to you. You weren’t meant to be like everybody else. You were meant to be different, to stand out.

So start acting like it and results will follow through. Keep yourself true and collected, manage the harder days and brutally drag yourself out of those blue, muddy days if you have to.

Live on the principle that there is so much to do, see, learn and achieve in life and when needed console yourself that the future will look as promising as you wish it to be and you cannot wait to see what more life has in store for you.

And you know what the best part is? 

This is just the beginning.

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Hello Fabulous!

I know I havent posted much recently, but all for good reason.

December was absolutely nothing but INSANE. I would love to say insanely good, buuuuttt…. it was a bittersweet way to end such a BRILLIANT year 2013!

I ADORED 2013! At the start of the year, I had decided to make this jar where I’d write down all the good things that happened to me in 2014 on tiny bits of paper, fold them, and drop them in. Then at the end of the year, or the start, I’d pick them out and re-read what I had written.

And smile till my cheeks hurt as I recall all the awesome things that happened to me this year!

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Ohkay, so the little white booger looking dots is actually… glow in the dark paint! 😀

So anyway, I have a resolution post coming up and i think I am doing just fine with the resolutions bit because one of my resolutions was to… write more! 😀

So: Ta-dah!

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Oh, and me!

Activate Inactivate; The how to guide of work pick-yourself-ups

So I kinda have been out of action for a little while and with good reason!

While moving houses, starting a new job, managing whats left of a social life and still making time for family, I have managed to learn a million things on multi-tasking, mood swing(ing), days where the only person who can pick you up- is you, and a whole new brace of the real world.

So this is what I tell myself: Breathe.

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Which I think I have mentioned in my previous posts, but this time it has been way more applicable. How so?

Well let me explain with a way you could probably relate.

When you start something new, or do something new, you sort of lose yourself in the enthusiasm of it all. And then you fizz out little by little and the excitement dies down. Or how my mom likes to call it, the shaken up coke bottle.

If you shake up a coke bottle and then unscrew the cap, the drink with spray out with so much force initially, but after a while the fizz would die out. Which is EXACTLY what I am.

And sad to say, I sort of succumbed to the bleak confused world of the work life. A little.

Alongside a lot of other side projects which all got me thinking, whats the point of doing them, if I’m not enjoying what I do? And its creating more of a confused mess rather than keeping the creativity color in me alive.

So this is what I did:

  • I started writing at work

Yes, believe it or not but the answer to everything I to write it down. And I sort of started writing a lot at work, not only because I have free time on some days, but because since I am in the work environment, I can focus better on what I have to do.

It does magic for you, I can assure that. So I began to write down all the side projects which I was involved in and prioritized them in matter of importance. Obviously, work being first. Then came furniture shopping for the new house, then came this blog and other writing projects. And then my ever pending reading list, gaming list (sighs) and so on.

  • Changed to a better work lifestyle.

Since I got used to sitting down a lot, I started feeling low, lethargic, eating unnecessarily, and oh god-that sick bloated feeling wouldn’t go away. So I formulated a work habit. I walked a bit of my route to work, stuck to my every faithful green tea, started drinking water every time I wanted to munch and divided my lunch into 2 parts, one to eat during lunch time, and the other during a coffee break at 4, hence eating less but enough.

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  • Perk up the office table!

Oh this part was fun. I started customizing my office cubicle pin up board with my things, dropped in a few feng shui charms, added a cup of glitter pens (alongside normal ones) and a few of my favorite quotes and things to do.

I guess when you see something bright every day, you sort of turn your mood in for the better. Also, inspiration can strike from anywhere!

  • Text.

Its awful for some to even include this here but frankly?

I am a serial text-er and I LOVE it. I love getting texts, I love texting people. I love the constant (or frequent enough) exchange of happy (sensible) lines of conversation to keep you going through the day.

Whatsapp is highly addicting and also fun when you are in groups with loads of people sharing utmost random of random-est things that make you smile and helps you remember, all is not lost if a pitch you LOVED doesn’t get approved.

  • Sorting things out inside.

Honestly, no one can do this but you. You wouldn’t believe the amounts of things I have discovered about myself which I wouldn’t have if I hadn’t just sat down and thought them through. Of course, don’t over think it, but think enough to know what you’re doing, where you are going, what you want to do, when, how, why, who, everything.

Go for a walk, have a cup of hot chocolate on your own and just try to harness the positive energy inside you. Its there somewhere, I can guarantee it. A flicker of sunlight, a ray of hope, a glass of optimism, anything. Its embedded there somewhere. Just dig a little to find it.

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But its there alright.

More than anything else, this post was for me, to remind myself its ohkay to lapse out, as long as you don’t live in it. Walk right out of it when you are done, more uppity than before. But its ohkay to fall back a little. We all have out moments and projects, and busy lives to manage, juggle, piece together and even make.

I guess we all need a little reminder sometimes.

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I’m being followed.

So.

I’m being followed….

On WordPress!

Thank you so much to those who clicked on the little +follow button and found sufficient interest in this meek newbie blog. Thank you so very much. You made my weekend very happy.

And on that cheery note:

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Ah, today was a fabulous day at work. The internet connection went dead for a good 4 hours and it just came back! People were at each others cubicles, chatting, some we outside smoking, me? I went for a walk and got me chicken dumplings, chocolate and hell lot of biscuits. Yum.

And then I had a wonderful conversation with a friend whilst sitting in the open office balcony. It was windy and drizzling and the only thing missing was a big mug of hot chocolate with a fluffy white, blissfully perfect dollop of whipped cream like so:

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And… I have been given a good amount of work to do. Which should prove to be challenging. Also, the weekend is around the corner so…

Wait.

See? This is not what I wanted to turn into. A weekend begging, working individual. Ohkay, cool. The weekend is here. Nice. But that didn’t mean I had less of an eventful week. I had a blast.

I was sick on monday (so goodbye monday blues) Tuesday I realized I have way more optimistic, cheery people at work that I imagined. Wednesday I fell in love with my job when the Creative Director took my (now if I think about it, really immature) pitch presentations and beautifully explain what I need to work on, how I have potential and even better? Told me some of my ideas were awesome. Yay 😀 Today is chilled out day! And Friday is a day before Saturday so double yay.

So the point is, I will look forward to the weekend but, I wont survive on it. I’ll do many more things during the weekday too! Like a few friends working in the area wanted to take me out for lunch. So we might do that sometime next week. Play kingdoms of Amalur! Read!  I just found this really good book here at work on writing and creating digital content for the online world, by yahoo! So I’ll read that at work when I’m free.

Oh! I also found this on stumbleupon today:

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This guy is called a Quokka. He is called the happiest animal on the planet. Why? Because his face is structured to form a permanent smile no matter what he does!

And he’s kinda cute. 😀

Sighs. And with this random content babble I hope you all have a great weekday-end!

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Things To Know About Your First Real Job

So I have been working with this advertising company for exactly 10 days now and the information I have come to know, realize, read about is immeasurable. Its just a new world altogether so everything you do is on another take on things, So take it from someone who is experiencing it first hand, whatever they tell you about the work life is a Lie till you have experienced it yourself first hand. SO many people, so many thoughts, realizations, everything. So what are the list on things to know about your first real job?

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Here we go:

  • You are going to get fat if you dont get in some routine exercise daily.

Though I dont think much of this applies if your job entitles you to walk around a lot, or go to places and get your butt off a chair. But in my job? Yeah. I sit at a desk from 10 to 6. With the occasional trip to the lunch area or the bathroom or my boss’s desk. This bothers me because I have been a victim of chubbiness when I was younger, but… Due to an (unfortunate) obsession with my weight back in the 9th grade, I lost most of my unwanted fat, lost a good amount of weight, and slowly… My love for food overcame my weight obsession and my days of calorie counting were over! And since then I maintained a fluctuating healthy weight with no compromise on food whatsoever. And being (nearly) 6 foot tall helps the metabolism bit too. Heh.

But thats not the point. The point is… I need some exercise soon.

  • You NEED to have other plans/events/activities to do.

Sitting in a 4 x 4 cubicle, literally spells monotony. If you aren’t careful, you will slowly slip into the shades of grey, fifty or how many ever in number (book is awful) yourself. Which you NEED to avoid at all cost. Notice me Capitalizing the ‘NEED’. Because you have to, have to, have to, have something to look forward to, or to do or experience. It is vital you do your job alongside the a side project to keep your inner vitality and creativity safe from the monotony monsters.

Me? Here is a glorious mini list I made in my head to keep me occupied:

  1. Finish all the damn video games I wanted to play. Currently playing Kingdoms of Amalur, then Portal, Skyrim, AC, and so on. I get an hour or two of gameplay every day if I can.
  2. I’m planning to read a lot. Especially my commute time to work. I load my dear dear 10 year old PPC with ebooks and read away! Currently I’m reading Silver linings playbook by Mathew Quick.
  3. Start up this blog!
  4. Surf Stumbleupon.com like never before! That is another way to keep me occupied for Hours and Hours.
  5. Plan things out. Like a weekend schedule or a Late Night Movie with my younger kid brother.
  6. Research. Ever wondered why the hair around your crown is so fragile? What your body shape is and what suites you? I always wanted to know, but never had the time to google it. So now I am. Alongside working of course!

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  • Talk to more people at work. It helps in many ways.

Networking  is not always using people to make contacts and get ahead of them. I like to think of networking at work as actually talking to people and getting to know them better. You will be working with them after all, so why not acquaint yourself more? It took me 2 days to talk to the girl who sits in the next cubicle as me. I really dont know why. For a week I used to eat lunch alone, thinking the people here have already formulated groups and I’d be just getting in the way, but as a matter of fact I didnt make enough effort. And they welcomed me with hardly any effort on my end. Now (well, for the past 2 days anyway) I sit with them during lunch. They may be a few years older but they are really friendly. Look what I was missing out on, so… you really need to put yourself out there.

  •  Be so SO humbled.

Soo…. I really hope I didnt give out the ‘Spoiled NRI’ vibe. These people are so nice, from humble beginnings and here I go flashing my Micheal Kors bag around for a week. Oh god. I am very humbled from what I have seen and the entire snob facade I had to deal with a majority of my life does apply here! Well… this one is a subjective truth because I know in most work places you dress to impress and get that promotion or whatever. So… I’m lucky that way. Its pretty chilled out here. And I So like it that way.

  •  Its a loooong way to go.

You just started your career! Depending on your priority in life you would considering facing the fact that you have just started and you have a looong way to go. Take my career profile for example. I want to be a creative directory in advertising. And for that I need to go through the levels of: Trainee, Junior copy writer, copy writer, senior copy writer and copy supervisor and then…. CD! Taking 6 months for each, or a year for that matter, it would take me anywhere from 3-6 years. 3 on the really optimistic end. And six on the practical end.

SO dont be disheartened.

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  •  Dont count how many restaurants you are going to visit before your first paycheck.

Save. Save like the world is running out of money and your meager salary will be worth millions soon.

That being said, be practical about you money. Initially we idealize what we are going to buy before we even get our salary. The feeling of financial (part) independence is very overwhelming. Dont let it get to you. Try to save at least 50-60% of your pay, it going to come in hand sooner or later. As for me? That reference was made because i do this thing with a friend where I go to new places and try out new cuisines, but back then, I was happily funded but my dear parents. Now…. its a new whole ball game.

  • Perk up your desk!

Trust me it helps you get through the day. I dont have much on my table right now except an evil eye charm a friend had given to me. But I already have major ideas the moment I get full time. Cant wait!

  • Breathe and STREEEEETCH

God, one week and my back is Killing me. And being tall really doesnt help. You sit at your desk, hunched over a computer screen and soon enough your back feels like crap. You have to take breaks and stretch. I know I need to, considering I get really weird looks from everyone while I do so, but I really dont care. I’m all neck stretch, arms stretch, back stretch, and aaaah. Temporarily. I started googling how to sit at work =| which level your computer screen needs to be and everything. I need a workout too.

  • Keep calm and well… keep calm.

Thats like a mantra in itself. I’m just sittting here, ready to finish week 2, looking forward to the weekend, reminding me I have a loving family and an eccentric set of friends to meet and make plans with and discuss everything there is to talk about work life and a new phase altogether doesnt really make much of a difference. But more of an adventure.

So here is to a new life, a start of one anyway, and I really hope my boss approves my concepts in the next ten minutes.

Back to work!

The Updated Update

So this is odd…

I’ll be honest, the idea of this blog was to capture my last few months of summer, the whole transition of the job hunting phase, how to apply for one, how to get one, and most importantly how the kick start of my career follows. And really… I havent done a thing. Why?

Because my summer was SO busy!

I kid you not, from my last exam, to my sister fashion show, to the relatives that came to stay, to my graduation, to comic con, to my birthday… till now. Which helped me realize something very important about myself. I like being busy. I like having something to do. I am not the girl to go around, lounging about doing absolutely nothing. Wow. I like being busy.

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Which is why when I was stuck at home, job hunting, and all my friends were either in a job of their own, or in college… I was slowly losing myself. I had no set objective, no goal, well.. Yeah my goal was to get a job but all I did was wait for things to happen… (which wasnt my fault! You give in resumes and wait, and I really dont like waiting =|) And… I really didnt like the way I felt.

I felt low, dark, unproductive, colorless if I may. And I’m a creative person! I thrive on ideas, dreams, wonder and magic. I wanted to get this waiting thing over and…. THANKFULLY, after a month of being covered with the weight of waiting (see what I did there :D) I. Got. A. Job.

This entry, I am writing at MY desk (because I finished my work for the day and its only lunch time!) and so far, work is good. I’m a copy writer on probation in an advertising company. Sighs.

I cannot WAIT to see what the future holds for me, considering (believe it or not) this is my FIRST job! Yes, I am a graduate fresh out of college, working, and getting accustomed to the work life, and culture and all that jazz…. so I thought,

Wait a minute.

Why now make my blog about my work like but still retain that part of college student-me that loved summer. I can be the fun working woman… and this blog will help me keep the thing I treasure the most.

My Creativity. 

Ohmygosh, my boss just popped in my cubicle and I was typing out “my creativity”, he gives me the heads up of my work, when the client reverts back. Anyway. =\

So here we go.

To the infinite warm feeling you get when you realize summer is about to come to an end and a new chapter in your life is about to begin,

To the uneasy,nervous,anxious yet excited, adventurous, optimistic you,

To the start of a new phase of my life, if you want to hope along for the ride,

The Last Days of Summer.